Caleb van der Swaagh | Cello


Caleb van der Swaagh is a recent alumnus of Ensemble ACJW (now know as Ensemble Connect) -  a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Caleb is the recipient of the Tanglewood Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Prize and the Manhattan School of Music Pablo Casals Award, and was also a grant recipient from the Virtu Foundation. As a chamber musician, Caleb has performed with the Borromeo String Quartet, The Knights, A Far Cry, Metropolis Ensemble, Phoenix Ensemble, Shattered Glass, Exponential Ensemble, and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and has appeared at the Chelsea Music Festival, Garth Newel Music Center, 23Arts Summer Music Festival, and Birdfoot Festival. An advocate of contemporary music, Caleb is a member of Ensemble Échappé and has performed with Argento New Music Project, Either/Or, S.E.M Ensemble, Hotel Elefant, and the Callithumpian Consort. He has worked with such composers as Steve Reich, Alvin Lucier, Sebastian Currier, Philippe Manoury, and David Lang as well as premiering many works by composers of his own generation. He also performs his own arrangements and transcriptions of compositions that range from Renaissance viola da gamba music to jazz.

A native New Yorker, Caleb graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University as part of the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange program with a degree in Classics and Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Caleb received his master’s degree with academic honors from New England Conservatory and later studied at the Manhattan School of Music. His primary teachers are Bonnie Hampton, Bernard Greenhouse, Laurence Lesser, and David Geber.  Caleb plays on a cello made by David Wiebe in 2012.